Railway and Locomotive Engineering, Vol. 37

Railway and Locomotive Engineering, Vol. 37

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Excerpt from Railway and Locomotive Engineering, Vol. 37: A Practical Journal of Motive Power, Rolling Stock and Appliances; January December 1924

A graduating class at a famous college once adopted as its motto the sentence, There's more beyond, and it seems as though this saying is particularly adaptable to fuel saving. There is always more beyond the initial act in all we do on a railroad. Take a brakeman who has by his alertness discovered a brake not released and sliding the Wheel; when he releases the brake he has not only avoided the chance of an accident by reason of a flat wheel, but he has caused a saving of fuel in three different ways - saved the extra coal that it took to pull the drag ging wheel, saved the coal that it would have taken to fur nish the power to turn the lathe that the fiat wheel would have been required in and saved the coal that would have been necessary to smelt the ore to produce the steel that would have been cut from the ?at wheel to make it round again. Without doubt there are thousands and thousands of instances like the above [that are passed thoughtlessly by, but if we can make an educational effort that will bring to the mind of every employee that every act he does has a good or an evil effect on the amount of fuel con sumed, we are bound to reap the benefit of that thinking on his part and the result will show favorably in the fuel saved account.

In the matter of compulsory fuel education among the younger employees, particularly engineers and firemen, they should be required to acquire a technical knowledge of combustion to a degree that will enable them to handle fuel in an economical way at all times and to-know the reason for such handling. A large percentage of fuel waste is due to ignorance of the simplest laws of combus tion, and if we can dispel this ignorance and impart knowledge in its stead, this knowledge will cause action on the part of employees that will be almost automatic and which will go far in the matter of fuel saving. Men do not habitually do the things that they know to be wrong, so if we can educate them to the right thing, they will, in the course of time, almost unconsciously do that which is proper and right, which 'ih this case would be to handle fuel in a saving manner.

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